As it turns out, the rumor about Prince Charles having an affair with Prince William and Prince Harry’s nanny, Tiggy Pettifer, was just that: a rumor. Per Daily Mail, British journalist Martin Bashir created a story of deceit in an effort to score his explosive 1995 interview with Princess Diana wherein she gave a candid interview about her marriage to Prince Charles and delivered the infamous line alluding to Camilla Parker-Bowles (via AP), “There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.” We’ll never forget that one.
Bashir also falsely claimed that Prince Charles was in an affair with Pettifer. Bashir also falsified documents, including fake bank statements to make it appear that he was receiving receipts for an abortion of a loved child Prince Charles and Tiggy gave him. Later, in an apology of sorts, the disgraced journalist admitted that asking for forged bank statements was “a stupid thing to do,” but was still adamant that the false documents were not responsible for Diana’s decision to participate in the interview, per The Sunday Times.
It appears that the rumor did not have any effect on Pettifer’s relationships with William and Harry. As reported by People, both princes were present when she married in 1999. Pettifer was present at Harry’s 2018 nuptials with Meghan Markle. She was also tapped to be the godmother of their first child, Archie.